WORCESTER, MA, August 24, 2022— Genesis Club, a nonprofit mental health organization that supports people recovering from serious mental illness in the Worcester region, this week celebrates training 200 groups from around the world in the evidence-based Clubhouse model of rehabilitation. The Clubhouse model is a method of psychosocial rehabilitation that offers people recovering from serious mental illness the chance to join a work-focused community, focused on their strengths, talents and abilities.
Genesis Club has been a training center for this important model since 1991. Since that time, 2,245 colleagues from 369 clubhouses have participated in training in Worcester. They have come from 30 states and 16 countries. When the pandemic was at its height in 2020, Genesis Club transitioned to 100% virtual training to meet the demand, as people experiencing acute mental health issues was at an all-time high and Clubhouse services were needed more than ever. In August of 2021, Genesis Club returned to fully in-person training and is happy to be welcoming international colleagues back into the Clubhouse for the first time since the pandemic began.
“We are proud to be an international training center and are especially proud of the impact we have been able to have in communities across the Commonwealth, and the country. There are few things more important than providing the opportunity for people to reclaim their lives, and we get to do that every day” said Lisa Brennan, Executive Director of Genesis Club. “It is a privilege to work with colleagues from Clubhouses around the world who are dedicated to this same goal.”
While colleagues attend the 2-week immersive training they stay at the Chandler House, an historic, Victorian-style home in the Elm Park neighborhood. During the day, member and staff teams are at the Clubhouse at 274 Lincoln Street, where they attend discussions, learn about the history of the Clubhouse model, and create action steps for strengthening their own Clubhouses. In the evening at the Chandler House, their learning continues as they discuss the theory and practice of the model, brainstorm solutions to common mental health care system challenges, and strengthen professional connections.
Genesis Club is one of twelve international training centers of Clubhouse International. As part of their training, colleagues learn about the history of the City of Worcester and its important role in the mental health landscape and meet with city leaders. Mayor Joseph Petty, former City Manager Ed Augustus, and City Councilor Candy Carlson are just a few of the notable officials who have met with visiting colleagues. They also visit key employers who work with Genesis Club including UMass Memorial, Saint-Gobain Abrasives, The Department of Mental Health, Worcester Public Library and Worcester Art Museum.
The Clubhouse will hold a celebration event at the Clubhouse on Friday, August 26th to mark this milestone for the Clubhouse and the entire Worcester community.
Genesis Club, located at 274 Lincoln St. Worcester, MA, welcomes any person who has been diagnosed with a mental illness. Members work on their recovery in their own way and at their own pace by being part of a community of mutual support, contributing their skills to running the Clubhouse, and working with staff and peer advisors to set goals to help them regain their lives. For more information, visit genesisclub.org.